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Where did the Scottish Vance family come from? What is the Scottish Vance family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vance family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vance family history?

The name Vance was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vance family lived in East Lothian, Scotland. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaux or Vallibus, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Vance, Vans, Vaux, de Vallibus and others.

First found in East Lothian, where they were directly descended from the great baronial family of De Vaux, or De Vallibus, and still had a castle of this name in Normandy until the year 1080. They possessed Dalston and Gilliesland in Cumberland, and the barony of Dirletoun in East Lothian.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vance research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1244, 1255, 1306, and 1437 are included under the topic Early Vance History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Vance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Andrew Vance, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Robert Vance, who landed in New York in 1799

Vance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Vance, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1804
  • William Vance settled in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1804
  • D. Vance settled in New York State in 1811
  • Isaac Vance, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Vance, who landed in Maryland in 1811


Vance Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Vance, aged 30, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • William Vance, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Jane Vance, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Biddy Vance, aged 24, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Mary Vance, aged 2, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834


Vance Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Vance, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Sarah Vance, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • David Vance, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

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  • Vivian Roberta Vance (1909-1979), American award winning television and theater actress and singer best known for her role as Ethel Mertz, sidekick to Lucille Ball on the American television sitcom I Love Lucy
  • Courtney Bernard Vance (b. 1960), American actor
  • Cyrus Roberts Vance (1917-2002), American Secretary of State, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lieutenant Colonel Leon Robert "Bob" Vance Jr. (1916-1944), United States Army Air Force officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944, eponym of Vance Air Force Base
  • Charles Arthur "Dazzy" Vance (1891-1961), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher
  • John Holbrook "Jack" Vance (1916-2013), American mystery, fantasy and science fiction author, World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984
  • Zebulon Baird Vance (1830-1894), Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina
  • Paul Vance (b. 1929), American songwriter and record producer
  • Mr. John Vance (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking


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  • The Vance Family of Piedmont, North Carolina by Vance Voss Smith.
  • The Rich Heritage: Being the Story of Harry and Annie Vance by Joseph Harvey Vance.
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The Vance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vance Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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